Nonetheless, on Monday we started the process. You have to throw away all the diapers (which I didn't do because diapers are expensive so I just hid them all in the basement for baby #2 to use later) and then put big girl underwear on your kid and just wait for them to pee. Every time they start to pee you have to run them into the bathroom and try to let them finish in the toilet. If she gets any in the toilet at all, it's a super big deal and you praise them and give them a reward. I used M & M's or Dum Dum suckers (which actually backfired, more on that later).
Monday was spent cleaning up one pee mess after another. I was keeping track and Ellie peed ELEVEN times around the house. She did manage to take a nap and not wet the bed, but that night around 2:30 she did wet the bed. I was not looking forward to day two. It started out the same, but I could tell that she was beginning to understand the feeling of needing to pee and then what would happen because of that sensation (which she had never known before since diapers are made to whisk all that pee away so they can't feel it). I could see her little mind processing the whole using-the-potty business. She was becoming more likely to say she had to pee and by nap time at 11:30 she was starting to rack up the suckers (she was on number five by this point--bad call with the suckers, Mommy. Next time I'll stick to a few M & M's.). She made it through her nap dry and had one accident at 2:30 but since then, it's been AMAZING.
We started Monday morning and by Tuesday afternoon you could tell she was potty trained. I know that sounds insane, but I promise it's true. She was acting like it was no big deal and that she had been using the big girl potty forever. And now, at 9:15 on Thursday night, she is still accident-free. She's made it the past two nights without wetting the bed or even getting up to use the potty. It's been amazing.
I was completely stressed and anxious about potty training. I liked the laziness (for me) and the convenience that came with her wearing diapers. I didn't like the price and, ultimately, that was what made me potty train her. Baby Harper is due in March and it pains me to imagine paying for that many diapers. And in the eBook the author said the perfect age was 22 months and Ellie will be 23 months in about a week. I can't believe how well it worked and I will definitely use this technique (no matter how exhausting it was) with the next kid. Potty trained in two days? Yes, yes indeed.
(the treat bowl we used: "potty juice", suckers, and M & M's. Ellie only drinks milk and water so it was a major deal for her to have juice while we potty trained. She was supposed to drink lots to encourage lots of learning experiences so we introduced "potty juice" so she'd drink more. They're now put up and will only be brought out on "special" occasions.)
Drinking the delicious "potty juice"...I know, I know, it sounds disgusting, but it's the best name I could come up with.
Workin' it in some leg warmers. I thought this idea was brilliant since she wasn't allowed to wear pants while we were potty training and it was freezing in the house...but all the leg warmers did was trap the pee and it was pretty nasty getting those things off after an accident. Less learned: fashion is not for potty training.